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Coyote has tests positive for rabies after biting a man

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  • October 11, 2017
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A coyote tested positive for rabies after biting a man near Gervais earlier this week.

The man reported that the coyote walked up, sniffed and then bit the man’s leg. It was then shot and killed by the victim. 

The victim, who was not identified, was treated and released after receiving a series of injections.  The coyote was collected by Marion County Environmental Health and tested at the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory. 

“The coyote could have come into contact with or ate a rabid animal,” Marion County Environmental Health Program Supervisor Richard Sherman said. “It was most likely a bat.”

In the past ten years, only three coyotes have tested positive for rabies in Oregon. 

In August, two bats tested positive for rabies in the Shaw area.

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